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3/16/09 [updated 5:06PM EST]

AmericanTheaterWeb

Digest - Starry Blithe Spirit revival opens on B'way - read the reviews
* Review: Breezy Comedy for the Spring

LATE AFTERNOON ADDITIONS

Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog

"South Pacific" Coming to Hartford
Looks like the national tour of the hit, Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center revival of "South Pacific" will be part of the Bushnell Center for the Arts' 2009-10 Broadway series

Rufus Wainwright to Yale
Rufus Wainwright will hold a benefit concert April 23 at 8p.m. at Woolsey Hall in New Haven for AIDS Project New Haven and GLSEN-CT. Heard that Wainwright will also be participating at some Yale events.

TDF Entertainment

Broadway's Class of 2006-2007
Revivals galore? Check. Musicals adapted from movies? Check. Edgy Off-Broadway transfers? Double-check. This is shaping up to be an especially exciting season on the Main Stem.

Time Out New York Upstaged Blog

Legends! sets up camp in New York
Charles Busch, Lypsinka and Whoopi Goldberg take on a camp-cult play.

Chicago Tribune Theater Loop Blog

Mary Poppins in Chicago to feature new song
The Chicago production of "Mary Poppins" (which is becoming the first national tour) is to feature a new song by composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewe, replacing the number "Temper, Temper," which has been seen in all the other...

Publicola

Post Post-Intelligencer: Print P-I will Cease Publication with Last Edition Tomorrow, but will Continue On-Line.

Miami Herald Drama Queen Blog

First look at emerging talent
Miami's New World School of the Arts has sent an array of talent out into the world -- actors, dancers, singers, musicians, artists, playwrights -- and even as those grads are becoming famous and winning awards in their chosen fields, New World's high school and college divisions are training the next generation of artists.

Playbill

* Controversial Churchill Play, Seven Jewish Children, Gets Readings at NYTW
* Broadway Grosses: March 9-15
* Tyler Perry's The Marriage Counselor to Play the Beacon; Casting Announced
* Mitchell Will Choreograph Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies; May Play Toronto Before Broadway
* Premiere of O'Hara's Antebellum, in DC, to Feature Dukes, Byrd, Price, Sokolowski, Vienna

TheaterMania

* Tony Kushner, Alisa Solomon, and More to Moderate NYTW Readings of Caryl Churchill's Seven Jewish Children
* Frank McCourt, Brian F. O'Byrne, Marian Seldes, and More to Participate in Irish Rep's The Yeats Project
* Tyler Perry's The Marriage Counselor to Play NYC's Beacon Theatre in April

Broadway.com

My New York: No lie! John Tartaglia, who plays Pinocchio in Shrek, loves NYC

off-stage right

Andy Horwitz proposal for the Arts: Should create a lot of discussion...

On Theatre and Politics

Antidepressant Festival
Should all things go according to plan, I will be presenting a new play at the Antidepressant Festival this summer at the Brick Theater.

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

Lyn Gardner: What happened to great stage roles for older women?
In the next few months we'll see high-profile appearances from Judi Dench, Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren – all in revivals of old plays. So who's writing new parts for women over the age of 40

Whatsonstage.com

Woman in Mind Confirms Early Closure Date, 2 May
Woman in Mind has confirmed its early closure at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre, where it makes way for the Almeida transfer of Duet for One::E8831233308861. The revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s 1985 black comedy – directe...

Sondheim Saturday Moves to Arts for Three Weeks

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NOONTIME ADDITIONS

New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

Schedule Conflicts Cause Cancellations For LaBute Play
The producers of Neil LaBute's "reasons to be pretty" canceled the show's Sunday matinee, and have canceled coming matinees on Wednesday and Saturday, because the director and one of the actors had television commitments that conflicted with rehearsals.

Gothamist

Jackie Mason Angrily Denies Accusations of Racism

Star-Ledger Entertainment

Corzine to cut arts council budget to $14.4 million
Gov. Jon Corzine In yesterday's Star-Ledger, I wrote about Gov. Jon Corzine's plan to fund the arts council at $14.4 million, or $1.6 million below the minimum amount called for in the Hotel-Motel Occupancy Fee. The 2003 law created the...

TDF Back Stage

TDF.org Goes Live
Our new online look is more than a cosmetic change—it’s designed to spotlight the many live-performance resources at your fingertips.

Citizen Jane
Jane Alexander returns to the stage to play a feisty aging painter who’s “Chasing Manet.”

New York Magazine Vulture Blog

George W. Bush’s Wang Brings ‘Shock and Awe’ to HBO

Playbill

* Alexander and Kaplan Premieres Will Be Part of Second Stage's 2009 Uptown Series

TheaterMania

* Tina Chen and Larry Pine to Headline The Shanghai Gesture

Everything I Know I Learned from Musicals

Hair: How to Market in a Recession
Attention, producers: Are you faced with selling a worthy production in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression? Does your show have a fleeting amount of nudity? Why not play up the titillation factor for all it's worth?

Huffington Post

Ben Stiller: Ron Silver, Remembered

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MID-MORNING ADDITIONS

Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog

Nutmeg Summer Series Revived
Look for the return of the popular Nutmeg Summer Series, presented by Connecticut Repertory Theatre, the professional theater associated with UConn at Storrs.

Playbill

* Mozingo, Huston-Elem, Edgerton, Hickey Cast in Off-Broadway's Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge
* Napoleon, 1994 Canadian Musical, Gets New Concert in Ontario; Adam Brazier Stars
* Craig Lucas and Eve Beglarian Named Recipients of Greenfield Prize
* Sondheim's Saturday Night to Play West End's Arts Theatre

The Artful Manager

Making molehills out of cliffs
Great (albeit harsh) thoughts from Adrian Ellis on the present and future state of museums in this economy. He posits that business of museums internationally has been shaped and hewn in service to the ultra-rich, leaving the institutions particularly vulnerable to the whims and toils of that constituency. Says Adrian:

a poor player

Hard Times All Over
Theatre is not the only business these days suffering from hard times and a need to re-think strategies. Head over to the Chronicle of Higher Education and read this article, then read this article, and then read the most recent article. They...

Whatsonstage.com

V&A Opens New Theatre & Performance Galleries
Ahead of the opening of the V&A museum's new Theatre & Performance Galleries on Wednesday (16 March 2009), the doors were opened this morning to give journalists a preview of what's on offer from the new space, which acts as a replacement for the...

V&A Opens Doors to Dedicated Theatre Galleries
Ahead of the opening of the V&A museum's new Theatre & Performance Galleries on Wednesday (16 March 2009), the doors were opened this morning to give journalists a preview of what's on offer from the new exhibitions. The new galleries act as a replac...

Feature: Past/Present/Future for … Toby Jones
Actor Toby Jones stars in the European premiere of Jez Butterworth’s surreal play about sexual desires in British suburbia, Parlour Song, which starts previews this week at the Almeida Theatre. Since winning an Olivier for The Play What I Wrote, The Right Size’s 2001 comedy about Morecambe and Wise, Jones has found big screen success in the likes of Infamous,

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THE DAY'S FIRST TOP STORIES

New York Times

Readings and Talks for Pro-Gaza Playlet
The New York Theater Workshop and two theaters in Washington will hold staged readings this month of Caryl Churchill’s provocative new play.

Arts,Briefly: Footnotes
Lincoln Center Theater will present a return engagement of John Lithgow’s one-man show, “John Lithgow: Stories by Heart,” ... Town Hall has announced the latest edition of its “Broadway by the Year” series ...

New York Post

Cindy Adams: Ron Silver, 62, gone too soon

New York Magazine

Arthur Laurents
91-Year-Old Shark

Associated Press

Martin to Ore. Troupe: Show Will Go On, on My Dime
Steve Martin has offered to pay for an off-campus production of his play ''Picasso at the Lapin Agile,'' which was banned from a high school because parents objected to what they called adult content.

Actor Ron Silver Dies in NYC at Age 62 of Cancer
Actor Ron Silver, who won a Tony Award as a take-no-prisoners Hollywood producer in David Mamet's ''Speed-the-Plow'' and did a political about-face from loyal Democrat to Republican activist after the Sept. 11 attacks, died Sunday at the age of 62.

TheaterMania

Peter Filichia's Diary: The Story of the Recording Session
You’ve now and again have complained about the high prices of CDs, haven’t you? But I daresay that if you went to a cast album recording session, you’d feel whatever you’ve paid for a disc was a bargain.

Off-Off Blogway

9 Questions for Kelly Copper (Nature Theater of Oklahoma)
Nature Theater of Oklahoma's RAMBO SOLO opens this week at Soho Rep. RAMBO SOLO is created by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper in conversation with (and staring) Zachary Oberzan. Off Off Blogway sent over 9 Questions to Kelly Copper and she was kind enough to send us these answers ...

Minnesota Playlist

Subscriber basics
The nonprofit theater subscriber has been around since the regional theater movement began. Can they survive in a new economy? Should they? Why and why not?

Encore Michigan

Windsor Fringe announces dates
The Actors Theatre of Windsor announced March 13 the dates of its second annual Windsor International Fringe Festival.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Shakespeare play goes on after all
Milwaukee Shakespeare may be gone, but its season is being completed in inventive ways. A group calling itself The Artists Formerly Known As Milwaukee Shakespeare will perform a free staged reading of "Othello" May 1-3.

Whatsonstage.com

Stoppard’s Son Stars in First Arcadia Revival, 11 Jun
Tom Stoppard’s 1993 modern classic Arcadia will receive its first major London revival this summer at the West End’s Duke of Yo...

The Guardian

BBC rejects play on Israel's history for impartiality reasons
Corporation declines to broadcast Caryl Churchill's controversial stage play about Israeli history

Playwrights are more important than politicians. So why do powerful people mesmerise me?
Mark Ravenhill: I wish I could shake off the feeling of being the lightweight at the table on Start the Week

The Stage UK - Blogs

Mark Shenton: Personal connections in the theatre….
I put my heart - and some of my soul - into going to the theatre as regularly as I do. So I take it personally, and the theatre world sometimes repays the compliment. For better (mostly, we hope)...

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